After moving recently 2,500 miles across the country, my Gentoo machine is on the east coast while I'm on the west coast. All I have with me is my laptop, which to my everlasting regret runs Vista.
Having been forced to use Vista exclusively for a week now, I find myself more and more wanting my precious Linux back. It's the little things, like wanting to fall to a command prompt to do something quickly but not being able to. I have cygwin on here, but it's not the same. And I want to play some MKV files, which either mplayer or VLC plays fine in Linux (I forget which) but which sucks in Windows, even VLC in Windows. The subtitles are screwed up no matter what I try. I found a player that works finally, but it's non-free (as in beer, speech, freedom, and everything else). I want to at least re-arrange the order of running programs in the task bar, if not have multiple desktops, but nope, the task bar is still as pathetic as Windows 95.
Today I wanted to fire up the Windows Photo Gallery program, so I opened the start menu, clicked in the search box, and typed "photo gallery". My single result was an entry labeled only "setup.ini". Note, Photo Gallery IS installed on my computer. Although to be honest, I had removed the Windows Photo Gallery from the TOP-LEVEL of my start menu, where MS and many other programs had spewed far too many icons that I have to continually scroll past. And when I put the icon back into my start menu (top-level), then a search for "photo gallery" gives me the launcher icon for the program as well as my good old random "setup.ini". But you'd think the search thing would index program names anyways, wouldn't you?
Many of my games aren't compatible with Vista, like ZSNES for example. Maple Story barely runs. "XP compatible mode" proves to be entirely useless, as I expected. Personally, I'm convinced "XP compatible mode" does absolutely nothing. Other programs, for no reason I can determine, cause Windows to bail out of Aero and drop back to some dumbed-down interface. Then when you close the program, Windows bumps back to Aero again. These aren't games or anything fancy; SPSS for example, a statistics program, causes this to happen. This is a feature of Vista, but one I can't explain.
I managed to go a week without disabling UAC, but I just broke down and killed it. A more stupid idea, I have never seen. When you show a user a box which says "Is this safe?" 1,000 times, and 999 of those times is for a safe operation, and 1 of those times is something manevolent, there's no chance in Hades that the user is going to get it right. Vista also retains the continual nagging about not running a firewall or anti-virus program that XP brought into the world.
Vista blue-screened on me yesterday too, which is great. Good old IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. I also love how my laptop loses my internet connection every time I put it to sleep (it always has a 30-second lag when I turn it back on where it THINKS it still has a connection, but then fails, just to make things extra special annoying). I very much love how the computer won't go to sleep at all or activate my screensaver if I have my USB mouse plugged in. And I love how unbelievably laggy simple file copy/move/delete operations are, for no reason I can determine. (Note: by "love", I mean "hate".)
Windows Vista: A polished turd.